|Brain plasticity – Groks Science Show 2013-10-16|
Our prior belief of the brain as a static and unchanging organ is being replaced by a new understanding of the versatility of the brain throughout life. Brain plasticity, which involves changes occurring in our brain that allow us to learn and function in response to new experiences, happens not only early in life but also in adulthood, as well as in response to traumatic brain injury. Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus of neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco, joins...
Keywords: Groks; Groks science show; Brain plasticity; Michael Merzenich; Cognition
|The Bioethics of Mind Reading with Paul Root Wolpe -- Groks Science Show|
Keywords: Groks, Groks Science Show, Paul Root Wolpe, Mind Reading, fMRI, bioethics
|Ponderables -- Groks Science Show 2012-10-03|
Several recent books walk the reader through human history by describing the history of specific objects or commodities such as salt, cod, coffee, and even the lowly toothpick. In today's episode, Tom Jackson joins us to discuss his new series of books, Ponderables. This series walks readers through history alongside the elements, the universe, and mathematics, with more to come.
Keywords: Groks; Groks Science Show; elements; universe; mathematics; history; Tom Jackson; Ponderables; Hennig Brand; Joseph Von Fraunhoffen
|Mind Reading Ethics -- Groks Science Show 2011-11-30|
Mind reading isn't something we have to worry about in our day-to-day lives but the day when we do have that worry may be closer than we think. Paul Root Wolpe joins us to discuss why we should develop legal and ethical frameworks for dealing with mind reading sooner rather than later.
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|Weather Maths -- Groks Science Show 2013-03-20|
Humans have wanted to know tomorrow's weather for as long as there have been todays. Only in the last few centuries, however, have we begun making mathematically sound attempts to forecast the weather. Dr. Ian Roulstone joins us to discuss his book, Invisible in the Storm: The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Weather. We discuss the history of mathematics in weather forecasting, data assimilation, and the general applicability of those mathematics to other fields.
Keywords: Weather; Ian Roulstone; Groks Science Show; meteorology; climate; Invisible in the Storm; John Norbury; data assimilation
|Self-Driving Cars -- Groks Science Show 2013-09-04|
Today we talk with Dr. Steve Underwood of the Connected Vehicle Proving Center at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. With several car companies promising to release nearly self-driving cars in the next decade, it's a good time to discuss what these cars actually do and how they might benefit us. Dr. Underwood tells us about why we might want a self-driving car, the state of the industry, and what we can expect in the near future.
Keywords: groks; groks science show Self-driving cars; autonomous vehicles; connected vehicle proving center; Steve Underwood
|Better Out in the Open -- Groks Science Show 2013-08-07 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Today, 85% of scientific articles are not published in open access journals. This means that unless you are part of an institution that subscribes to the journal you’re interested in, you’ll have to pay for the research studies you want to read. Our guests today, Dr. Patrick Brown and Dr. Michael Eisen, are part of a movement to promote free access to scientific literature. The two professors are co-founders of the Public Library of Science, which is a collection of open access journals...
Keywords: groks; open access; academic publishing; science; groks science show; PLoS; open access; public library of science; Michael Eisen; Patrick Brown
|Digging Peromyscus -- Groks Science Show 2013-02-06|
Not many laboratories house mice in 3000 pounds of sand, but then not many labs research the burrowing habits of Peromyscus, either. Dr. Hopi Hoekstra joined us to talk about her recent Nature paper on the genetic basis of entrance and exit tunnels in oldfied and deer mice.
Keywords: Groks Science Show; Hoekstra; Hopi Hoekstra; oldfield mice; deer mice; peromyscus; nature; mice; burrowing; burroughing; burrow; genome screen